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  • Series Premiere Date: May 13, 2018
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  • Summary: The latest adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic coming of age novel about Meg (Willa Fitzgerald), Jo (Maya Hawke), Beth (Annes Elwy), and Amy (Kathryn Newton), as they learn about family, love and loss with the help of their mother, Marmee (Emily Watson).
  • Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Hanh Nguyen
    May 14, 2018
    100
    Beautifully produced and faithful to the original story, the miniseries also captures the joyful spirit of the novel despite its many heartaches. For every generation comes a new Little Women, but PBS’ version promises to be the go-to standard for a long time to come.
  2. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Apr 26, 2018
    80
    Warm and intimate, with an unforced realism that keep schmaltz to a minimum. [30 Apr - 13 May 2018, p.12]
  3. Reviewed by: Allison Shoemaker
    May 14, 2018
    80
    Caswill and her team wisely let these performances and this great writing do most of the lifting, but rest assured that the direction, cinematography, costume and production design, and the simple but intoxicating score are all capable at worst, lovely at best, and thoughtful all the way through.
  4. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    May 11, 2018
    60
    There's some sense of missed opportunity in how rarely this Little Women finds a distinctive way to view and interpret the travails of the March family, especially during the second episode, which lands several required emotional punches, but mostly meanders. Still, fans of the book will be pleased with the creators' relative fidelity to the source material, and will be appreciative of the strong, generation-spanning cast.
  5. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    May 14, 2018
    60
    Once director Vanessa Caswill boils away the innocence, Little Women becomes a more substantial drama. ... While the four roles could have been played by stronger actresses, they’re fairly well-matched. Watson and Lansbury are left to carry the subtlety. Both do it well, making us long for “Older Women,” a version that views the high-strung March girls from another perspective.
  6. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    May 14, 2018
    50
    As it is, the overall effect is undeniably pretty but somewhat baffling, a bit like Instagrammable avolato. It’s a well-intentioned and updated Little Women, but not quite a classic.
  7. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    May 10, 2018
    30
    There’s a lot to dislike about these Little Women, not least the acting. Angela Lansbury as Aunt March and Michael Gambon as Mr. Laurence provide some sparks; Jonah Hauer-King as Laurie is perfectly fine. But Ms. Hawke in particular is overly earnest, never mind obvious. ... Emotionally, this Little Women is as thin as the pond ice that Amy falls through, or Beth’s chances of making it to the next pledge break.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. May 14, 2018
    0
    Saccharine silliness. An insult to a great book and to those who cherish it.

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